By Lucy Jackson
The boysâ varsity water polo team continues to struggle early in the season after losing two consecutive games last week by one goal each.Â Â
Â âWeâve lost the last five games by a total of six goals, and we had a big lead and squandered it against Royal, so that was frustrating,â Head Coach Larry Felix said.
Still, the players remain focused on their upcoming schedule.
âThe start doesnât change things,â Maxx Bricklin â09 said. âIf anything, it showed us our weaknesses and helped us improve before league starts.â
Felix sees a silver lining in the teamâs losing record as well.
âAt least Foothill was a good stepping stone because we were down 5-0, and we got it to overtime,â he said. âWe lost, but it was a big step forward; these guys have a lot of pride and a lot of drive.â
Â While last yearâs squad was mostly senior-driven, this yearâs team relies heavily on juniors and sophomores.
âLast year some younger guys contributed, but there were a lot of senior and junior starters,â Billy Evashwick â08 said. âThis year, weâre looking to a lot of the younger guys to step up and play roles.â
Their lack of experience, Evashwick said, may be part of the issue.
âThis group has never played together before,â he said. âIn the past, weâve all known each other from club teams, but this year, weâre still trying to figure out how to get into a groove as a team.â
While Felix believes that the team does lack experience, he thinks the older players are responsible as well.
âWe do have some young guys, but this groupâs been playing together since the summer,â he said. âRight now our problem is that we have guys that are trying to do too much. Theyâre getting away from the system.â
Though the team has already lost more games than it did in the entirety of last season, Evashwick insists the teamâs goals havenât changed.
âWeâre not getting down,â he said. âWe didnât start the way we wanted to at all, but weâll get there. Weâll keep getting better, and we still expect to win league.â
That theory will be tested when the team plays Loyola in an away game tomorrow afternoon in their first league game of the season.
âLoyola is always a huge game,â Bricklin said. âBut every game is our biggest. We just have to win. Losing isnât an option.â